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Year 10

Curriculum Area: Modern Foreign Languages

Examination Specification:  AQA (8658)

Overview of Course Content

This course will develop a student’s skill at:

  • Listening to spoken French by native speakers
  • Speaking and presenting in French 
  • Reading authentic texts in French 
  • Writing in a variety a styles in French 
  • Developing translation skills from French  into English and vice versa

During year 10 students will work on the following topic areas:

  • Me, my family and friends
  • Home, town, neighbourhood and region
  • My studies
  • Free time activities (music, cinema and TV, food and eating out, sports)
  • Social issues / (un)healthy living
  • Life at school / college
  • Customs and festivals in French-speaking countries / communities
  • Travel and tourism
  • Education post-16
  • Me, my family and friends (marriage / partnership)

Students will work towards four exams which will take place at the end of year 11:

  • Listening exam: 35 minutes (foundation tier), 45 minutes (higher tier); 40 marks (foundation tier), 50 marks (higher tier); 25% of GCSE
  • Speaking exam: three types of spoken assessments: role-play, photo card, general conversation; 7-9 minutes (foundation tier) + preparation time or 10-12 minutes (higher tier) + preparation time; 60 marks (both tiers); 25% of GCSE
  • Reading exam: 45 minutes (foundation tier), 1 hour (higher tier); 60 marks (both tiers); 25% of GCSE
  • Writing exam: 1 hour (foundation tier), 1 hour 15 minutes (higher tier); 50 marks (foundation tier), 60 marks (higher tier); 25% of GCSE

Students will complete end-of-unit skills tests throughout the two years in preparation for the final exams, as well as mock exams at the end of year 10 and during year 11.

Half Term

Area

Overview of Assessments

Autumn 1

Me, my family and friends

Home, town, neighbourhood and region

End of module assessments

Autumn 2

My studies

Free time activities (music, cinema and TV, food and eating out, sports)

End of module assessments

Spring 1

Social issues / (un)healthy living

Life at school / college

End of module assessments

Spring 2

Customs and festivals in French-speaking countries / communities

Travel and tourism

End of module assessments

Summer 1

Education post-16

End of module assessments

Summer 2

Me, my family and friends (marriage / partnership)

 Mock exams